United States

Nov 8, 2012

Talkin’ about a revolution the GOP won’t get

It wasn't just Barack Obama's victory that had liberals salivating yesterday. Democrats have built a platform to win more of the electorate, says Crikey's man in America.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Out on the street this morning, back to a coffee shop near Logan Circle I went in ’08. Mainly, that time and this, because it’s close to a liquor store which is shaped like a giant barrel. Logan’s a mixed area, students, leftish types, a reasonable racial mix, and last time it was like a carnival, everyone grinning at each other.

There wasn’t the same vibe this time, which is a little sad, but is also one reason why the Right got their forecasts so wrong, grooving off the enthusiasm of old white people shakin’ their booty at Mitt Romney rallies, to one of the six songs he was legally allowed to play. People didn’t enthuse and emote for Obama this time around. All they did was turn out, and that was all they needed to do. More than a million of them also got out the vote, but many more simply made sure they voted, not always the easiest thing to do in the US.

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27 thoughts on “Talkin’ about a revolution the GOP won’t get

  1. The Pav

    Clinton achieved nothing?

    He left a workd in relative peace and a budget surplus with an economy going well.

    Perhaps not spectacular but significant when compared to the mess Obama inherited

  2. Mr Tank

    But do remember The Pav that Clinton repealed Glass Steagal and stuffed up on Rwanda. All President’s end up with blood on their hands.

  3. pritu

    Feels like the last page of The Inferno! Bravo!

  4. paddy

    On target as usual Guy.
    It is indeed the second term that will (hopefully) cement Obama’s legacy.
    It would be such a nice change, to see the USA as a progressive political force again.
    Hope springs eternal.

  5. mikeb

    Watching BO and Clinton makes you realise how poor our politicians are in comparison. WJC for all his faults tried to take the consiliatory line when probably he could have been more decisive. If he had taken care of OSL when he had the chance (& many chances there were), there might not have been a 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq war. But then that’s only speculation. Good luck BO, and God help the GOP to get over the disappointment & try to work with the Demos to get the country up and about again. No more budget blackmails please.

  6. mikeb

    I meant OBL (not OSL).

  7. michael r james

    “We missed this story. Everyone missed this story”

    Err, no. Actually not even totally sure what you mean, but w.r.t. the GOP running two whitebread white northerner guys and insulting the minorities directly and Hispanics indirectly several times, the demographic effect has been obvious for ages.
    You remember it is precisely what I said after the Tampa conference selected Ryan, and you dumped on me.

    Post-election any Republican strategist not choking on their own tongue was talking about this issue. (The problem is that by definition these are not the guys running the show.) Logically this leads to Jeb Bush (fluent in Spanish; Latino wife) or Marco Rubio for ’16 but a lot of the morons are still talking about Ryan!

    Still, it is a bit disappointing that Arizona and Texas remain quite red with little hint of purple. I think the Dems need to seriously work on that because they could lock up the presidency forever.

    (another nitpick: it was two seats they got back, Indiana & NC.)

  8. michael r james

    About the Colorado dope measure, on Lateline last night pol-strategist Michael Duffy was funny when he said that most people visiting Denver Colorado (the mile high state!) assumed it had been legal for decades!

  9. Two Bird Stone

    Gay marriage and marijuana laws are all well and good, but how come nobody is talking about the big story?! Puerto Rico just voted to become the 51st United State, and Obama has pledged to help them get it. Flag makers are going to make a fortune!

  10. Christopher Nagle

    I wouldn’t get too excited about this. The GOP screwed itself through its own fractious factionalism and Romney’s own goal when he dismissed nearly half the population of the country as parasites. And remember that ghastly moment of embarrassment when Clint Eastwood managed to make the whole GOP hoopla brigade look like idiots. And even then, Obama almost lost it, somehow or other, during the first debate.

    The nature of American politics is dividing just like Romney said, not between haves and have nots, but wealth builders and the parasites that hang off them. The problem is, both propositions are right and both of them are wrong in ways that are far too intractable and intertwined to be compromised about. They point to the politics of long term decline, decadance and lost opportunity.

    The brutal fact is, America is unlikely to recover what it has lost by way of a common vision and the kinds of compromise one gets when success beckons. Obama can’t do an FDR. The available wealth for a New Deal has been blown.

    In our scenario for the next decade is the do or die shit fight over who is going to be busted and made to pay for the hideous fiasco that was the GFC; a fiasco that happened because American capital found it easier to financially speculate than try and compete with the Asian Tigers; reflective of a society that had grown fat, tired and sloppy in its habits, across the board.

    And while there is hell to pay for the above, no one, least of all Barrack Obama, has a clue how they are going to get out of Go-to-gaol-do-not-collect-trillions-of-dollars. No one.

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